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This introduction to the Social Studies Essential Standards outlines the purpose, aims, importance of and justification for the Social Studies.
Essential Standards for Social Studies
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Social Studies Essential Standards Instructional Support Tools
United States History
These standards apply to students who will take the stand-alone United States History course.
Electives from the 2006 Standard Course of Study
While these elective courses do not follow the Essential Standard format, districts may elect to use these for their local curriculum.
2011 EXTENDED CONTENT STANDARDS
The State Board of Education approved new Social Studies K-8 Extended Content Standards based on the State Essential Standards in December of 2011. These will be operational for the 2012-13 school year. The new extended standards can be found on the following webpage: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards/extended/